Iceland temperatures in January

Iceland in January has maximum daytime temperatures ranging from very low in Raufarhöfn with 1°C (33°F) to low temperatures in Vestmannaeyjar with 4°C (39°F). Nighttime temperatures generally drop to -0°C (32°F) in Vestmannaeyjar and -5°C (23°F) in Raufarhöfn. January is a winter month in Iceland. On average, it is one of the months with the lowest temperature of the year.

What is the temperature of the different cities in Iceland in January

Find the average daytime temperatures in January for the most popular destinations in Iceland on the map below. Click on a destination dot for more detailed information.

Legend very warm warm pleasant moderate cold very cold
Very warm means maximum temperatures above 30ºC (86ºF). Warm: 22ºC (72ºF) to 30ºC (86ºF). Pleasant: 18ºC (64ºF) to 22ºC (72ºF) Moderate: 12ºC (54ºF) to 18ºC (64ºF). Cold: 2ºC (36ºF) to 12ºC (54ºF). Very cold: lower than 2ºC (36ºF)

  • What is the warmest city in January in Iceland?
  • Vestmannaeyjar tops the warmest city list in our database with average maximum daytime temperatures around 4°C (39°F) and a minimum nighttime temperature of around -0°C (32°F).

  • What is the coldest city in January in Iceland?
  • The coldest city in January in Iceland is Raufarhöfn when we check our database. The maximum daytime temperatures are around 1°C (33°F) and minimum nighttime temperatures fall around -5°C (23°F).

  • How much sun does Iceland get in January?
  • January is generally a dark month with an average of 20 hours of sunshine in Reykjavík during the whole month.

  • How warm is the water in January?
  • The water temperature averages approximately 7°C (45°F) in Vestmannaeyjar this month, so not the best month to swim.

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